Bringing Mind & Body to Light(ness)!Tree in Brandberg Damaraland, Namibia

With Jacqui

Sunday 15 March 2009 10am-1pm


Bodywise,119 Roman Road London E2 0QN

Please book: tel 020 8981 6938

Looking a little deeper into Kriya cleansing yoga techniques,pranayama (breath), spinal twists and asana postures to lighten and refresh the body, mind and the heart. Please come and share this light hearted freedom within practice. Suitable for eveybody though if you are a total beginner or have any special needs please contact me before.

Workshop notes

Walk through the Bandhas

Translated as ‘bind’, ‘bond’, ‘bound for’ or even ‘to go somewhere’

Dona Holleman compares to a cyclone or whirlwind where the action takes place at the periphery trapping and compressing energy towards the centre. When the energy is compressed towards the centre it is consequently pushed upwards. Within the body these energy pockets (bandhas) gather in places where there is an arch structure of bones usually with a ligament floor.

The sole of the foot = Pada bandha

The pelvic diaphragm = Uddiyana bandha

The arch of the lower ribs, the thoracic diaphragm = Uddiyana bandha

The arch of the jaw bones with the floor of the tongue = Jalhandara Bandha

The palm of the hand with the ligament plate of the palm

These are the most used bandhas in Yoga but there are many more throughout the body working to ‘connect’ energy lines.

* Tadasana in pairs cupping instep and lifting into it by sucking up the lower spring joint

* Sitting back to back with partner and rooting down buttock bones and lifting the pelvic floor and arms connecting through bandhas. Try balancing on buttocks with partner supporting from behind.

* Uddiyana Bandha Kriya

* Standing against wall creating the arms and shoulder heads as in Sarvangasana performing Uddiyana bandha to connect with Jalhadara bandha.

* Virabhadrasana 3 in pairs. Theraband in hands opening shoulders, partner with pole for alignment awareness

Standing Asana

Trikonasana – Parsvottanasana – Parivrtta Trikonasana

Trikonasana – Ardha Chandrasana – Virabhadrasana 3

Virabhadrasana 2 – Virabhadrasana 1 – Virabhadrasana 3

Uttitha Hastha Padangusthasana – Urdhva Prasarita Ekapadasana – Virabhadrasana 3

Balancing & Backbending Asana

Vrschikasana 1 in 3s against wall. Focus on hastha bandha to lift chest up from shoulder heads.



Bakasana or a half bakasana simply grounding and shifting centre of weight over hastha bandha awareness.


Warm up twisting flow movements chakra cleansing

Pasasana working by wall heels raised on block if needed. Keeping the lumber and pelvis stable

Viparita Karani

Nadi Shodhana